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The Galloping Ghost in 1/24

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Well, started the build of my 1/24 Airfix P-51D as the Galloping Ghost Race#177. Here are a few pics from what I got accomplished over the weekend. My skills are no where the caliber of the folks here, but there is a few scratch mods I figure I would try on this plane. I hope to give the wheel wells a better look with some structure in them, I hope to have the flaps down, and of course modifying the canopy and cockpit.

 

Here is the kit as compared to my first build of the Galloping Ghost in 1/32

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The engine nearly done

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Some of the modded cockpit

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My attempt at the instrument panel....not real great, but gets the point across

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Next is getting the fuselage halves together, and remove the dog house, and more work on the wheel wells and flaps....

 

Fuselage halves are together, started smoothing the fuselage, removed the scoop, started work on the turtle deck, and lower half of the wings are in place.....

 

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more canopy work done today...:D

 

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Is that the one that crashed into the crowd last year at Reno?

Yes it is. Absolute tragedy to Reno Air Racing on so many levels. I really liked this racer, its sleekness, and its simple and nostalgic look.

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Well a bit done the past few days. Reshaped the turtle deck, as I was not happy with it, and finished with the paint prep. More sanding and masked it all up to apply the silver metallic and a coat of clear.

 

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Next up is the Matterhorn White on the flight surfaces.

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I sure love the racer Mustangs. Got a 1/24 Trumpeter that I would like to make into a "Miss America". I built one when I was I kiddo and still think about that model at almost 50 years old.

 

Great build and looking forward to more! Keep up the good work.

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Finally got the engine in....boy fit on this guy leaves alot to be desired, but pretty happy with the end result. I wish I knew more about P-51s and Merlins, wouldve loved to have detailed the engine compartment a bit more than I did, since this will be displayed with the engine cowlings off. But my "tennis balls" didnt turn out half bad....lol

 

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